beauty contest


: an assemblage of girls or women at which judges select the most beautiful

called also beauty pageant

: a contest or competitive situation that is likened to a traditional beauty contest especially in involving judgments made on the basis of physical attractiveness or popular appeal
… an elite automotive expo and beauty contest where cars of only the highest caliber …Hannah Elliott
US politics : a presidential primary election in which the popular vote does not determine the number of convention delegates a candidate receives
Mr. Ford and Mr. Reagan are listed in the Republican preferential primary or "beauty contest."Charles Mohr

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web But, again, our hope is to not have to rely on a beauty contest. Dallas News, 3 Dec. 2022 The photographs of 50 italian models selected for an important beauty contest were obtained. Ncbi Rofl, Discover Magazine, 5 May 2011 Bay Hill would lose a beauty contest to the iconic, scenic gem nearly 2,800 miles away on Monterey Peninsula. Dallas News, 5 Mar. 2022 The incident led her to enter a beauty contest in hopes of being able to leave Guyana. Tabitha Britt, Peoplemag, 22 Dec. 2022 Here’s the twist: this peasant dish won’t win a beauty contest. Rita Nader Heikenfeld, The Enquirer, 11 Nov. 2022 Dozens of camels barred from competing in Saudi Arabia beauty contest over use of Botox. Julius Lasin, USA TODAY, 8 Dec. 2021 The alt-universe Yeoh in question then does not enter a beauty contest and win. David Fear, Rolling Stone, 7 Apr. 2022 The image shows a Ukrainian soldier who won a beauty contest in 2016. Sudiksha Kochi, USA TODAY, 9 Mar. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1879, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of beauty contest was in 1879

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Cite this Entry

“Beauty contest.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 31 Jan. 2023.

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